5/03 in Yankee History

The red-letter day:

Playing in left field,  Joe DiMaggio makes his regular-season debut with
the Yankees and has 3 hits, one a triple€š as New York rout St. Louis
14-5 at the Stadium. Joe scores 3 runs and knocks in one. Lou Gehrig and
Ben Chapman collect 4 hits each and Gehrig scores 5 runs. New York
will win 5 of their next 6 games with DiMag in the lineup. To make
room,€š the Yankees waive outfielder Dixie Walker,€š who is hitting
.350,€š to the White Sox.




On other 3rds of May…

2005: Robinson Cano makes his Major League debut. The rookie’s first appearance is a somewhat downbeat affair, though, as he goes hitless in  three trips to the plate. Meanwhile, Kevin Brown has one of his most inglorious days as a Yankee, surrendering hits to 8 of the first 9 Rays batters he faces at Tropicana Field. Tampa Bay will jump out to a 6-0 lead, and then coast to an 11-4 win.



2000: The Major League Baseball Players Association again denies several
major-leaguers, including Shane Spencer of the Yankees, admission to the union. The players crossed picket lines
during the 1994-95 strike becoming replacement players. These players
don’t pay union dues‚ receive full pension benefits‚ and can to use the
Association’s grievance procedure. However‚ they do not receive a share
of royalties from the sale of baseball merchandise.


Yankee rookie Mike Blowers, handed the starting job at third base, ties
an AL record by committing 4 errors at the hot corner in the struggling
Bombers’ 10-5 loss to the Indians.



1986: Don Mattingly ties the ML record with 3 sacrifice flies in the Yankees’ 9-4 win over the Rangers.



1965: The Yankees trade John Blanchard (.147) and pitcher Roland Sheldon
to Kansas City for C John Edwards. Edwards will replace the injured
Elston Howard.


1956: Before 4‚308 at the Stadium,€š Mickey Mantle homers for the third day in a row,
but Kansas City hold on to win‚ 8-7. The Mick’s homer in the 5th is
followed by blasts from Hank Bauer and Yogi Berra.



The Yankees send promising reserve outfielder Jackie Jensen€š along
with outfielder Archie Wilson, pitcher Spec Shea,š and shortstop Jerry
Snyder to the Senators for slick-fielding outfielder Irv Noren and
infielder Tommie Upton. Shea will have two fine seasons on the hill
before going over it,€š while Jensen,€š the former heir to DiMaggio’s
spot,š will eventually emerge as a star with the Red Sox. Noren will
have his best year in 1954, when the left fielder will be an all-star.

Irv Noren.jpg

1951: In St. Louis,€š Gil McDougald
hits a grand slam and a triple in the 9th€š as the Yanks score 11 runs
in the inning to rout St. Louis€š 17-3. McDougald,€š destined to be
Rookie of the Year,€š racks up 6 RBIs in the frame. Jackie Jensen
follows McDougald’s triple with one of his own,€š then homers after
Gil’s GS. Allie Reynolds is the winner



1950: Yankee hurler Vic Raschi,€š
troubled by the new rule that requires a one-second stop before
delivery with men on base,€š balks 4 times in one game, a club record and
2 fewer than the single-season record. Nevertheless,€š he wins 4-3€š over
the White Sox. He’ll finish the season with 6 balks to tie the
since-topped AL mark.



1922: New York mayor John F. Hylan orders extensive street closures in the south Bronx as construction of the future Yankee Stadium begins.


1915: Yankee pitcher Ray Fisher steals home in the 4th inning as New York double up the A’s  8-4.



1912: Trailing the A’s 18-5 going into the 9th at Shibe Park, the last place Highlanders come to life, unleashing a 10-run barrage against Philadelphia pitching. Future Hall of Famer Eddie Plank comes out off the bench to preserve the 18-15 win for the homesiders.


1907: In the ‘How times have changed…’ department: The dilatory tactics of the Highlanders’ Judd Doyle,€š whose well-earned
nickname is “Slow Joe€š”. lengthen a 10-inning game with the Athletics
into the first modern major league game running over 3 hours (3 hours€š 7 minutes to be precise) New York win 4-3.



1904: Red Ruffing is born.



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